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How to Write Great Erotica

How to Write Great Erotica

On a subject close to the heart (Light of My Life, or Fire of My Loins?) I explored the important distinction between erotic romance and erotica. Romance is a vast category and publishers of all shapes and sizes have whetstoned its various elements to fit within...

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What is a premise (and why is it important)?

What is a premise (and why is it important)?

Your story will stand or fall on the strength of its premise. It doesn't matter how well it's written on a line-by-line level. If your premise is weak, the rest of the story will crumble. But what is a premise, and how can you ensure yours is solid? I like to think of...

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Use Short Fiction to Build Your Writer’s Platform

Use Short Fiction to Build Your Writer’s Platform

Recently, I’ve been working with an author who has written a fantastic sci-fi novel but who has no writer’s platform to speak of. The only other things she’s had published are technical manuals, and she has no profile to speak of on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any...

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What Is Character Development?

What Is Character Development?

Character development is the driving force of any good story, and yet, this is one of the most misunderstood elements of fiction writing. We’ve all heard of “flat” or “two-dimensional” characters. But how do we avoid this fatal flaw?

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Writing Your Memoirs

Writing Your Memoirs

Why Your Memoirs Are Important Memoirs have been created for millennia, even before humans knew how to write. After all, humans are tribal animals. In fact, experts in subjects ranging from dating behavior to corporate management look to evolutionary psychology - a...

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How To Choose A Book Editor

How To Choose A Book Editor

For a year now (or two, or ten), you have been hammering away at your manuscript, revising and reworking every scene and nuance until you know the characters better than you know your spouse. You have sacrificed sleep, dinner with friends, your favorite sitcom, even...

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Author as Indexer

Author as Indexer

The Good, the Bad and the Possible It's standard procedure these days for a publisher to require an author to obtain the index for his nonfiction book. The author has two choices: created the index himself or hire a professional indexer. Why would an author opt to do...

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Author-Editor-Dyad

Author-Editor-Dyad

Everyone who creates a work of art, literary or otherwise, needs an editor. Why? Because creation involves different mentalities than craft; and rare is the artist who has the left brain/right brain balance to be creator and audience at the same time. All the arts...

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How Editors and Writers Work Together

How Editors and Writers Work Together

In a vague sense, every author knows what an editor is there to do—make the manuscript as good as it can be. But how does this process work? And what’s the author’s role in this process? Step 1: Let’s Talk By email or on the phone, the author and the editor meet to...

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Fiction Structure and Style – Time and Place

Marie Valentine Time and place are key pillars of your story structure. Without them, tales fall into fragments. Neglect setting at your own risk. Readers who don’t know where they are get frustrated, fast. You need to put the players someplace, otherwise the story will float out of control into the ether, as will your […]

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Publishing Options vs. Time

Publishing Options vs. Time

The Publishing Dream Most authors want their books to be read by more than friends and family. A few people write just for the value of the experience, but the majority want a wide audience, along with the closure—validation—success—of publication, ideally with wonderful reviews and steady income. How To Publish a Book: Traditional Publishing or […]

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Small  Press Interviews Lynda Lotman

Small Press Interviews Lynda Lotman

The following interview appeared in a newsletter published by a small press. Have you ever wondered what an editor really thinks about literature today? When Lynda Lotman (Book Editing Associates) agreed to be interviewed for our Fall newsletter, I knew this edition...

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